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Job Announcement: Climate Smart Agriculture Program Manager
Status: Exempt, Full time (40 hours/week)
Posted: May 17, 2021
Applications due: Position Filled

About the Community Environmental Council

CEC is a fast-paced nonprofit based in Santa Barbara and serving the California Central Coast, with a reputation for positive social change and community engagement. Since 1970, CEC has incubated and innovated real life environmental solutions that directly affect the region.  

With its current focus on promoting rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis, CEC is known for organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, advancing 100% renewable energy goals, and developing campaigns to #gosolar, #driveless, #driveclean #ditchplastic, and #rethinkfood. CEC’s primary objectives are to: 1) Achieve carbon zero communities; 2) Promote nature-based solutions to draw down legacy emissions; and 3) Protect against unavoidable climate impacts.  

The CEC team is a highly committed and energetic group, with an internal culture that values collaboration, ongoing learning, and innovation. CEC seeks to activate people of every age, race, ethnicity, and economic status in community planning, political action, personal behavior change, and climate leadership.  

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About the position

CEC is seeking an experienced professional to build on our successes in advancing nature-based solutions that reduce carbon emissions from the agricultural sector and protect against the impacts of climate change.  

The Climate Smart Agriculture Program Manager will oversee projects and policies in support of CEC’s bold climate goals related to carbon sequestration, soil health, innovative financing and funding mechanisms, and regenerative practices that build ecological function and agricultural resilience. The Program Manager will initiate new projects, manage existing pilots, inform policy strategy, and lead financing and funding opportunities.  

To advance this work, the Program Manager will engage directly with landowners and managers and agricultural practitioners, as well as with an internal CEC team (i.e., program specialists in climate resilience, climate justice, and food systems), and external stakeholders (i.e., climate finance specialists, local governments, advocacy groups, special districts, agricultural businesses, technical assistance providers, non-profits, and the community at large). This position builds on several years of leadership in regenerative agriculture and carbon farming that have led to multiple policy wins across three counties and on-farm pilot projects at the Ted Chamberlin Ranch, Restoration Oaks, and Limoniera.

Job functions and responsibilities

  • Develop pilots and partnerships to advance innovative financing models for nature-based climate solutions (i.e., private carbon markets, investment funds, ecosystem service payments, government-funded subsidies and incentives). 
  • Manage existing agricultural research and demonstration projects in CECs territory (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties).  
  • Create project teams to develop and secure funding for new research and demonstration projects. 
  • Plan and facilitate stakeholder engagement. 
  • Coordinate with state and local networks and key partners to develop actionable and ambitious climate goals that aim to reverse climate change through the use of carbon farming and regenerative agriculture. (Current partners include the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), Climate Center, Carbon Cycle Institute, Santa Barbara County Climate Collaborative, and Santa Barbara County Food Action Network.) 
  • Address regulatory and permitting barriers by influencing local government policies and regulatory code. 
  • Manage grant requirements from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Healthy Soils Program, private foundations, and other funders. Tasks including tracking deliverables, invoicing, and reporting. 
  • Develop reports, policy briefs and strategy documents, and guide CECs Communications team in the creation of bold, attractive external-facing collateral to support program efforts. 
  • Manage program budget. 

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Two or more years of professional work experience, preferably in environmental finance, agricultural land management, government planning or policy, or a related field.   
  • Outgoing self-starter with a demonstrated ability to motivate internal teams and external stakeholders.   
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and production, rangeland management, soil science, and climate change.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including interpersonal networking skills, public speaking, and relationship building.   

Job status and compensation

  • 40 hours/week
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Exempt position
  • Benefits include:
    • Two weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, and an additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day
    • Health, dental and life insurance
    • Optional retirement plan with employer match up to 3% of salary (after a qualifying period)
  • Somewhat flexible hours, work may include some evenings and weekends
  • Due to COVID-19, our team is working remotely on PDT hours until restrictions are lifted. Beyond that, this full-time position will be based out of our office in Santa Barbara, California

To apply

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (pdf or link) with an email subject line that indicates Climate Smart Agriculture Program Manager Application to:  

Sue Walker
Assistant to the Executive Director

CEC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or physical ability.

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